WYSO’s Audio Archives project began in 2009 when boxes of old magnetic tapes surfaced in a musty storeroom. With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Archive Project and partnerships with the Greene County Library and other local organizations, over 200 hours of broadcasts, most from the 1960s and 70s, were cataloged and digitized. A project to collect oral histories to complement the recordings was also begun.
With support from the Ohio Humanities Council, the station will air this archival audio throughout 2014. The collection chronicles events at Antioch College, in Yellow Springs, around the Miami Valley and well beyond. We’ll hear the echoes of the civil rights movement as it morphed into many subsequent movements. We’ll sample news reports, interviews, documentaries, concerts, lectures, music shows, and other historic tape. We’ll listen for our collective present in the voices, and sometimes add contemporary commentary as we reflect on our progress (or lack thereof).
Archive Fellow Jocelyn Robinson begins our year-long project to explore this audio treasure trove and share it with listeners. It’s “Rediscovered Radio: Historic Audio from the WYSO Archives.”